Recent geopolitical events such as Brexit and the US turning its back on international trade and cooperation create waves of uncertainty in higher education regarding international cooperation, the free movement of students, academics, scientific knowledge, and ideas. Meanwhile, China is launching new global initiatives with its New Silk Road (or Belt and Road Initiative), which could potentially span and integrate major parts of the world across the Euro-Asian continents. But likely on new and different conditions, also for higher education.
How will the New Silk Road affect European higher education and research? What types of academic flows and activities emerge along the NSR, how are universities responding, under what conditions are these activities taking place, who defines these, based on what values, and do we actually understand these values at all?
These questions will be discussed by experts from UGlobe, the Utrecht Centre for Global Challenges, the Leiden Asia Center, and international scholars from Europe, Asia, and the USA.
Keynote: The 21st century: a Chinese century for Higher Education? By William Kirby, Harvard University, Fairbank Centre for Chinese Studies.
Followed by panel discussions on:
The New Silk Road: rationales and challenges for higher education and research policies
The New Silk Road and the Idea of the University
For more information on the programme, registration, and fee, please consult this website. You will find the registration button at the bottom of the page.
The number of places is limited. Please register before 19 February.
12.30 Arrival and registration of participants
13.00 Welcome: Professor dr. Sybe de Vries (director UGlobe)
Opening: Professor dr. Marijk van der Wende (Utrecht University)
13.15 Keynote: Professor dr. William Kirby (Harvard University, Fairbank Centre for Chinese Studies) The 21st century: a Chinese century for Higher Education?
13.45 Panel 1 The New Silk Road: rationales and challenges for higher education and research policies
Chair: Professor dr. Frank Pieke (Leiden Asia Center)
Panellists: Mr. Diego Sammaritano (European Commission, t.b.c.), Prof. dr. Wim van den Doel (Leiden University, Dutch Research Council, NWO), Prof. dr. Nian Cai LIU (Shanghai Jiao Tong University), Dr. Jie Gao (Aarhus University, Centre for Higher Education Futures t.b.c.), Prof. dr. Charles van Marrewijk (Utrecht School of Economics)
15.30 Panel 2 The New Silk Road and the Idea of the University
Chair: Professor dr. Marijk van der Wende
Panellists: Prof. dr. Dominic Sachsenmaier (Georg-August University Göttingen, Chinese Studies Department), Prof. dr. PeterPaul Verbeek (Twente University, UNESCO Committee), Dr. Zheping Xie (Tsinghua University, Faculty of Humanities, t.b.c.), Prof. dr. Marcus Düwell (Utrecht University, Faculty of Humanities)
16.45 Concluding remarks: Professor dr. Simon Marginson (University College Londen, Centre for Global Higher Education)